Heat stifles golfers at Luther Fall Invite

The women’s golf team placed fifth at the Luther Fall Invite on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22 and 23.

The Luther Invite was on the smaller side with only five teams competing: Loras, UD, Luther, St. Scholastica and St. Mary’s. This gave the women a chance to see two of their conference opponents, UD and Luther, who took first and second place, respectively.

With the heat and humidity from this weekend, spectators could only imagine the cruelty out on the course.

“The heat was brutal and tough to overcome, especially on Friday, but I just kept telling the girls that it’s hot for everyone and we have to push through,” said Head Coach Brittany Kent. “Day one was a bit of a rough start — it was the first time many of the girls have ever seen the course, so we had to make several major adjustments. Day Two was far better.”

Junior Ann-Marie Zahn moves the flag back after sinking her ball. (Photo courtesy of Loras College Athletics.)

On the individual front, junior Ann-Marie Zahn led the Duhawks with scores of 93 on Friday and 85 on Saturday, placing and tying for 13th overall. Senior Sami Graff showed some consistency, posting a double 97, and sophomore Mary-Grace Winkle also had an impressive weekend, with a 90 and a 93.

“Winkle had a solid outing. She is really starting to play more consistently and is proving every day that she can compete with Ann-Marie’s scores,” said Kent.

The girls competed in the Simpson Invite on Wednesday and look forward to Rounds 1 & 2 of the IIAC Tournament on Sept. 29 and 30 in Cedar Falls, IA.

“We have a tough stretch coming up as we prepare for conference, so that is what we will solely be focusing on,” said Kent. “A lot of mental preparation and strategies, studying the two courses we will be at, and a ton of skill work. It’s going to take a combination of everything to help us get to where we want to be.”

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